December 22, 2005

The Baby Food for Grown-ups

Along with the wave of ergonomically correct strollers and SAT flashcards for the 5-month-old comes Homemade Baby.

Did the Jews Kill Christmas?

Last year\’s big holiday debate was whether the Jews had ruined Christmas. This year, with erev Chanukah coinciding with Christmas Day, people have begun asking how we can save it.

To Bomb or Not to Bomb Iran?

The extreme Islamist president of Iran has lobbed all sorts of verbal bombshells at Jews and Israel in recent weeks: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly reiterated his desire to wipe Israel off the map, and he implied that the Holocaust is a myth.

Bibi Up, Sharon Down — for Now

Former prime minister Benjamin \”Bibi\” Netanyahu is back in control of Israel\’s Conservative Likud Party as his onetime ally and current rival, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, recovers from a mild stroke.

Chabad Menorahs Gain Acceptance

Ten years ago, the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) sued the city of Beverly Hills to block the local Chabad house from erecting a 27-foot menorah in a public park near City Hall.

The Circuit

More than 800 people showed up to celebrate the work of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) last week at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where more than $400,000 was raised for ADL\’s battle against anti-Semitism, hate and bigotry.


>Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was arguably the leading Jewish intellectual institution in the United States. It was home to a cadre of scholars whose research and publications in the areas of Bible, Talmud, history and Jewish philosophy helped shape the thinking of a large cross-section of American Jewry.


Rabbi Jacob Ott, who served for 34 years at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, Dec. 16. He was 86.

He’s Got the Look

When Sam Feuer was a boy, he fell in love with \”E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial\” — and with performing — since he lived as an outsider in two cultures. Born in America to Israeli parents, the family moved to Israel when Sam was 9.

Battle Lines Emerge on Marking Holiday

The sound of angry Christians railing against the marginalization of Christmas has become the new tune of this holiday season. Across the country, from department stores to town halls, battle lines have been drawn over how to mark the winter holidays.

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